On Thursday as many as 14,000 workers from 24 crafts of Telugu filmdom will go on strike over low wages and employment regulations. It will severely affect many star-studded films which are on floors.
Over the last few months the workers have been demanding a raise in their wages. The workers have also expressed displeasure at employment regulations.
The decision by the producers to hire the services of anyone to work in their films has not gone down well with the staff.
A member of the Andhra Pradesh Film Industry Employees Federation said, “This is unacceptable. We pay money to get registered into the federation. How can the producers hire the services of those who are not even members of the federation? We strongly condemn this and we can’t compromise, come what may”.
According to T. Prasanna, secretary of Producers Council, talent should be the final deciding factor for employment.
Recently the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce announced 32 percent hike in wages. It also added that this will not be applicable to low-budget films. Workers were peeved with this decision.
The strike will not only affect the shooting of many Telugu films in the state, but also nationwide as well since Andhra Pradesh Film Industry Employees Federation has also alerted its national body — the All India Film Employees Confederation (AIFEC) to not allow shooting during the strike period anywhere else in the country.